Total Cost of Attendance
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) is a public institution that’s considered a “public ivy”—meaning it offers an education similar to that of an ivy league university. It was the first public university in the U.S. UNC Chapel Hill tuition for in-state students in 2021-22 was $9,028, while it was $36,891 for out-of-state students. This is close to the national averages of $10,740 for in-state students, and $27,560 for out-of-state students.
Costs for 2021-22
UNC Chapel Hill is need-blind, which means your ability (or lack thereof) to pay for your tuition will not be a factor in acceptance.
Generally, financial aid is monetary assistance awarded to students based on personal need and merit. Students that qualify for financial aid can use it to pay for college costs like tuition, books, and living expenses.
The federal government is the largest provider of student financial aid. However, aid can also be given by state governments, colleges and universities, private companies, and nonprofits. The different types include:
- Scholarships: These can be awarded by schools and other organizations based on students’ academic excellence, athletic achievement, community involvement, job experience, field of study, and financial need.
- Grants: Generally based on financial need, these can come from federal, state, private, and non-profit organizations.
- Work-study: This federal program provides qualifying students with part-time employment to earn money for expenses while in school.
- Federal student loans: This is money borrowed directly from the U.S. Department of Education. It comes with fixed interest rates that are typically lower than private loans.
Colleges, universities, and state agencies use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine financial aid eligibility. The FAFSA can be completed online, but note that state and federal and school deadlines may differ.
You can find other financial aid opportunities on databases such as:
- US Department of Education – Search for grants from colleges and universities by state
- College Scholarship Service Profile (CSS) – A global college scholarship application used by select institutions to award financial aid
Private Student Loans
Private loans are funded by private organizations such as banks, online lenders, credit unions, some schools, and state-based or state-affiliated organizations. While Federal student loans have interest rates that are regulated by Congress, private lenders follow a different set of regulations so their qualifications and interest rates can vary widely.
What’s more, private loans have variable or fixed interest rates that may be higher than federal loan interest rates, which are always fixed. Private lenders may (but don’t always) require you to make payments on your loans while you are still in school, compared to federal student loans which you don’t have to start paying back until after you graduate, leave school, or change your enrollment status to less than half-time.
Private loans don’t have a specific application window and can be applied for on an as-needed basis. However, if you think you may need to take out a private loan, it’s a good idea to submit your FAFSA first to see what federal aid you may qualify for as it generally may have better rates and terms.
If you’ve missed the FAFSA deadline or you’re struggling to pay for school throughout the year, private loans can potentially help you make your payments. Just keep in mind that you will need enough lead time for your loan to process and for your lender to send money to your school.
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Projected 4-Year-Degree Price
Here’s some North Carolina Student Loan & Scholarship Information for you.
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees
Costs for 2021-22
In the 2021-22 academic year, students from North Carolina paid $9,028 for tuition and fees and $11,882 for room and board, for a total of $20,910. Those from other states paid $36,891 (tuition) and $11,882 (room and board) for a grand total of $48,773.
Find out about student loan and scholarship information.
Graduate Tuition and Fees
Costs for 2021-22
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has some well-respected graduate programs. UNC tuition for graduate school for in-state students is $12,566 and $30,858 for out-of -state students. There are graduate loans available to help with these costs.
Cost per Credit Hour
UNC Chapel Hill tuition is for full-time students. If you want to attend part-time, the rate per credit hour is $292.46 for in-state students and $1,453.42 for out-of-state students.
Campus Housing Expenses
Costs for 2021-22
*Based on studio pricing. Average rate based on available apartments on UNC Chapel Hill’s off-campus housing website in 2022.
Incoming freshmen are required to live on campus in one of the 11 residence halls or at Granville Towers.
Once you complete your first year on campus, there are many options off-campus near the school. You can rent a studio or one-bedroom apartment on your own or live with roommates in an apartment, duplex, or house. This resource will help you explore the off-campus options.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Acceptance Rate
With the UNC Chapel Hill acceptance rate at 25%, the school can be challenging to get into.
UNC has requirements for students applying for admission. Here’s what’s required and what’s recommended.
- Letter of recommendation
- High school transcript and school report
- College and university courses (if applicable)
- Admission test scores
The deadline for Early Action is October 15, with a decision given by January 31. The deadline for Regular Decision is January 15, with a decision by March 31. You can apply here .
SAT and ACT Scores
UNC is not requiring SAT or ACT test scores to be submitted with applications through fall 2024. If you do submit them, they may be considered for scholarships and other opportunities. Here are the scores for the 25th and 75th percentile.
Popular Majors at UNC – Chapel Hill
UNC Chapel Hill offers more than 70 majors and minors. Here are the most popular majors at UNC.
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 561
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 420
3. Interdisciplinary Studies
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 407
4. Business Administration
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 348
5. Computer Science
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21:335
6. Exercise and Sport Science
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 330
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 251
8. Political Science
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 176
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 145
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 143
Learn more about the fields of study you can major in at UNC here .
• 4 years: 85%
• 6 years: 91%
Post-Graduation Median Earnings
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